South Sudan is entering its eighth year of conflict and millions of people are in need of emergency aid.
According to the UN, over 3.6 million people are displaced within South Sudan or are refugees in another country, and almost 7 million people were facing food crisis during 2019.
9 July 2011 marked a momentous occasion – the birth of South Sudan as an independent nation. But the world’s newest country is facing a major humanitarian crisis, caused by an ongoing conflict and erratic climatic conditions.
In December 2013 fighting broke out between South Sudanese government forces and rival political factions which has forced millions of people from their homes and restricted the ability of communities to produce food for themselves. Women and girls are particularly affected by conflict, facing challenges of gender-based violence, little decision making power and lack of access to resources.
South Sudan was already one of the world's poorest countries. Many people in rural areas cannot access drinking water, and a lack of doctors and health clinics has led to some of the worst maternal mortality rates in the world.
CAFOD's work in South Sudan
In April 2015 we merged our operations in South Sudan with those of Trócaire, our sister agency in Ireland, in order to increase programme scale and impact, while reducing administration and support costs. The new CAFOD and Trócaire in Partnership (CTP) office is based in Juba, with programmes in the former states of Western Bahr el Ghazal, Lakes and Central Equatoria.
CAFOD and Trócaire both have a long history of working in South Sudan through church and non-church partners who support vulnerable people – of any or no faith - in communities:
We are supporting families with crop production through better farming methods.
We are providing food, water and essential household goods to people who have returned or been displaced by fighting. We are promoting justice and peace and providing clean water and education. We are working with those who have been affected by conflict with psychosocial support.
In the UK, we have campaigned for the British government to help maintain long-term peace and development in South Sudan.